Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Sasolburg orphaned source, 1990

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: 1990

Location: Sasolburg, Tranvaal, South Africa

Type of event: exposure to lost source


A cobalt-60 industrial radiography source was left behind following radiography work, with the operator failing to realize the source was left behind. Six people handled the source for 5 to 20 minutes, three of whom received whole body doses of 10 to 55 rad. One person had to have the right hand amputated above the wrist. Three others suffered skin injuries on the fingers.

Consequences: 4 injuries.


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